Scot­land man­ager joins the search for teenager Liam

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -

SCOT­LAND man­ager Alex McLeish has joined the search for miss­ing Liam Smith, with a video ap­peal to help trace the teenager.

The 16-year-old was seen on CCTV at Union Square shop­ping cen­tre in Aberdeen last Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, be­fore board­ing a Stage­coach bus bound for Ban­chory around 20 miles away.

It is thought he bought a ticket for Rae­moir Road in Ban­chory, but a pas­sen­ger has told po­lice they think Liam got off at Crathes.

There have been no con­firmed sight­ings since, and con­cern is grow­ing for the teenager with po­lice divers search­ing the River Dee on Fri­day.

A week on from the last sight­ing, former Aberdeen player McLeish recorded a video mes­sage urg­ing foot­ball fan Liam or any­one with in­for­ma­tion on his where­abouts to con­tact po­lice.

The Scot­land man­ager said: “This is an ur­gent ap­peal for any­body who knows the where­abouts of Liam Smith.

“Liam, if you’re watch­ing this mes­sage, please come home. Your mum, Alix, and your fam­ily are very anx­ious to see you re­turn­ing.

“Liam went miss­ing on Novem­ber 17 so any­body who has seen Liam in these days since that date please con­tact Po­lice Scot­land or his fam­ily.”

Of­fi­cers were re­turn­ing to “key sites” in Union Square, Crathes and Ban­chory on Sat­ur­day to speak to peo­ple who are reg­u­larly in the ar­eas and may have seen the teenager last week.

Liam, from the city’s Queens Road area of Aberdeen, is de­scribed as white, 6ft 4in and slim, with short brown hair.

He was wear­ing a dark top, blue jeans and Nike Air Max train­ers, and was car­ry­ing a cam­ou­flage print North Face bag.

Ear­lier this week, his mother Alix Smith said: “As each day passes we are be­com­ing more and more des­per­ate to find Liam.

“We are lit­er­ally cling­ing to the hope that he is out there some­where tak­ing shel­ter.

“Not know­ing where Liam is is just so painful for us and we just want to find him safe.”

Chief In­spec­tor Martin Mackay said the force has re­ceived around 100 calls with po­ten­tial in­for­ma­tion.

He said: “It is one week to­day since Liam went miss­ing and I don’t think it would be wrong for me to say his dis­ap­pear­ance has af­fected not just his fam­ily and friends but the en­tire north east com­mu­nity and be­yond.”

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